Milwaukee mayoral race: Donovan provides concepts to cut back automotive thefts, Johnson responds | WUWM 89.7 FM

Milwaukee mayoral candidate Bob Donovan is laying out a plan to cut back car thefts within the metropolis.

More than 10,000 cars have been stolen final 12 months in Milwaukee, greater than double the 12 months prior. Milwaukee police say up to now this 12 months, there’s been one other 1% enhance in auto thefts.

Former Ald. Donovan mentioned when a car is stolen, there is a human value. “Few issues are extra devastating to a person or to a household, than to have their automotive stolen. Their automotive is their lifeline to society,” he mentioned at a Monday information convention outdoors a south aspect police station.

Donovan’s plan consists of making extra use of anti-theft expertise in autos. He mentioned if he is elected subsequent month, town and personal sector would group as much as pay for set up of gadgets in high-theft manufacturers like Kia.

“We would offer that the proprietor of a Kia may take their car to a registered installer and we’ll set up this expertise that primarily stop their automotive from being stolen. The non-public sector would assist pay for this to offset the fee to our residents,” Donovan mentioned.

Former Milwaukee south aspect Ald. Angel Sanchez, who has endorsed Donovan within the mayor’s race, speaks at Monday’s information convention.

Donovan served as a Milwaukee alderperson for 20 years. He additionally needs metropolis officers, suburban police departments and the county sheriff to arrange a strike pressure to hurry restoration of stolen autos and enhance arrests of automotive thieves.

Donovan’s calling on the district legal professional to spice up prosecution and for restitution to be paid to theft victims. He is additionally asking for extra mentors to steer youthful individuals away from stealing vehicles.

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Appearing Mayor Cavalier Johnson speaks with a supporter on Dec. 31, 2021, whereas gathering nomination signatures outdoors a south aspect grocery retailer.

Appearing Mayor Cavalier Johnson is Donovan’s opponent within the April fifth election. Johnson’s marketing campaign mentioned it is “good to see” Donovan two weeks earlier than voting day, acknowledge the necessity for brand spanking new plans to resolve issues. However Johnson mentioned Donovan ought to notice “complicated issues hardly ever have easy options.”

Johnson’s marketing campaign pointed to his public security proposals launched months in the past. In January, Johnson told WUWM’s Lake Effect that he helps schooling to discourage thieves and extra site visitors enforcement to apprehend individuals driving stolen autos. Johnson mentioned he additionally helps anti-theft measures equivalent to a steering wheel lock generally known as The Membership.

“I do know there have been alternatives up to now the place people have been in a position to make the most of at police district stations, the place they might go get [The] Membership for his or her autos as nicely,” Johnson mentioned.

Johnson additionally promised to lend his voice to a neighborhood program to inform automotive thieves that they’re hurting others.

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